Step 8: Mark the playing surface

two men marking playing surface of poker table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Measure the inside length and width of the open center space, and subtract inch from each measurement to account for the felt. Cut the MDF playing surface to this size. Lay the cut piece centered over the open center space. Mark the joints of the inner ring of 1x2s on the playing surface. Connect the marks on either side of each corner to create a small octagon. Using a circular saw, cut the corners off the playing surface. Label the corresponding side of the playing surface and table. This way, once the felt is wrapped around the playing surface, you'll know which sides align.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • drill
      Drill/driver, 3-inch hole saw bit, -inch pilot bit, combination countersink bit, and -inch paddle bit
    • staple gun
      Staple gun fitted with -inch staples
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps

    Shopping List

    1. ½-inch oak plywood to make the lid and table: Get one 4x8-foot sheet.

    2. Nose and cove oak molding to trim the lid. Get two 8-foot lengths.

    3. 1x2 oak to trim the table. Get four 8-foot lengths.

    4. 1x4 oak to make the table's apron and collar. Get two 8-foot boards.

    5. x6 oak to make the coasters. Get three 2-foot boards.

    6. ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to make the playing surface. Get one 4x4-foot half sheet.

    7. Newel post to make the stand. Get an oak post at least 30 inches tall.

    8. Corbels to make the feet. Get four @ 10 inches.9. Felt. Get a 4x4-foot piece to cover and wrap the edges of the playing surface.

    10. Spray adhesive to attach the felt to the playing surface.

    11. -inch brad nails

    12. 1-inch brad nails

    13. 1¼-inch brad nails

    14. 2-inch deck screws

    15. 6-inch timber screws to attach the corbels to the newel post. Get eight.

    16. Wood glue

    17. 150- and 220-grit sandpaper